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Edited by Patricia Sheehan
10 JULY 2013 | vmsd.com
Canada), which combines mechanical, electrical and
LED components into a single thin, flexible sheet.
As the novelty of efficient LEDs wears off, suppliers say they’re seeing growing demand for accent
lighting (especially integrated, in-shelf options) that
balances with lower levels of ambient light. And
ambient light’s footprint can be further reduced with
a trend toward systems that allow stores to harvest
daylight and automatically balance it with ambient sources. Philips’ (Hull, Mass.) ultra-efficient
BoldPlay LED luminaire, which snagged the show’s
Most Innovative Product award, features a daylight
harvesting system and optics that reduce glare while
blending light and color.
Metal halides and LEDs continue to face off as
accent lighting choices, especially as color rendering
and dimming capabilities in LEDs improve. For example, Osram Sylvania’s (Hull, Mass.) Ultra SE “sunset
effect” PAR lamps dim down to 1 percent, compared
to the 10 percent more commonly available.
Yet the most efficient and environmentally
friendly light may not be the healthiest option,
according to Joan Roberts, a Fordham University
chemistry professor who presented “Lighting and
Human Health.” Light exposure impacts our circadian rhythms, which govern sleep patterns, wakefulness and even immune response.
We’ve all heard that the blue hues of our computer
screens can keep us awake at night. According to Roberts, the slightest hint of blue or green light after 10
p.m. throws off circadian rhythms. Instead of lumens
per watt, she advocates a “health per watt” approach.
Lighting has become tinier, more efficient, easier
to conceal in shelving and ceilings, and more versatile each year. (Have you seen Philips’ hue? It can
be used with an app to reflect colors pulled from any
digital image.) But are designers responsible for the
impact of lighting on consumers? –Robin Donovan
COU RT E SY OF PH I LI PS , HU L L , M AS S .
“LEDs are like a cross between asbestos and an
iPhone,” said Ardra Paige Zinkon of Tec Studio
(Columbus, Ohio) in her “Lighting 101” presentation at Lightfair 2013, as she explained the
basic differences between lighting types and cautioned that LEDs and OLEDs are a good option,
but not designers’ only choice. As she demonstrated how energy savings were possible with
various retrofits, she advised that LED retrofits
don’t always fit existing housings and should be
used carefully in outdoor environments (think of
glaring blue light illuminating a walkway at night).
Held in Philadelphia April 21-25, Lightfair
drew more than 26,000 attendees, who admired
award-winning products such as Moldable Silicones from Dow Corning Corp. (Technical Innovation Award; Midland, Mich.). These injectionmolded silicone optical resins show improved
heat resistance compared to traditional plastics.
Other honorees included Cooledge Lighting’s
Light Sheet (Design Innovation Award; Burnaby,
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